Written by: Bob Colling
ICW presents Aftermath
From: New York, NY
Opening Contest: All Money Is Legal (Murda & Pusha) & The Natural Born Sinners (Boogalou & Damien Dragon) vs. The REMIS (Bison Bravado, EJ Risk, Justin Toxic, & VSK): Everyone starts the match brawling in the ring and then quickly going to the floor. Pusha and Risk start the match legally with Pusha delivering a running forearm and a double knee strike in the corner. Pusha connects with a running dropkick and Murda hits a dropkick of his own. The announcers don’t know which guy is which, and that doesn’t help me. AMIL powerbomb Toxic into Risk in the corner and hit a double team slam. VSK enters the match and is met with an eye rake from Dragon and a dropkick. Dragon comes off the ropes with a seated clothesline for a two count. Boogalou tags in and works over VSK with strikes. Boogalou decks VSK with a clothesline. VSK is put in the tree of woe and is met with kicks to the back. VSK is kicked by several guys. Pusha nails VSK with a running kick to the face. VSK brings Pusha to his corner and is attacked while the referee is distracted. Risk connects with a running knee strike to Pusha for a near fall. Toxic knee drops Pusha for a near fall. Toxic connects with a slingshot senton from the apron and a series of leg drops. VSK returns to the match stomping on Pusha to maintain control. VSK sits Pusha on the top turnbuckle, but is shoved off. Pusha spikes VSK with a tornado DDT out of the corner. Toxic is double teamed by the Sinners with a double boot. Risk is suplexed and met with Total Elimination by the Sinners. Toxic nails Boogalou with a chain to the face and wins the match. (1/2*. You could have heard a pin drop during the match as the crowd did not care one bit about this match. The lead announcer on commentary didn’t know most of the guys in the match and really took away from the match. This was not a good start to the show. Also, Bravado did nothing in the match.) After the match, they continue to brawl for seemingly no reason and the crowd continues to not care.
For the next match, Traci Brooks is the special referee.
Second Contest: Alicia & Mercedes Martinez vs. Brittney Savage & Velvet Sky: Alicia and Savage kickoff the tag match with Alicia clotheslining Savage a few times. Alicia drop toe holds Sky and keeps arm control. Martinez tags in and kicks Sky on the arm to keep the advantage. Martinez hammers away on Sky against the ropes. Martinez stomps on Sky in the corner and taunts Savage. Alicia can’t keep Sky down on the mat while going for a cover. Martinez tags back into the match and kicks Sky on the arm. Martinez kicks Sky in the ribs for another near fall. Savage decks Alicia while on the apron and gets punched off. Sky almost pins Alicia after a clothesline and chokes Alicia. Martinez tries to help Alicia, but Brooks prevents Martinez from entering the ring. Savage decks Alicia with a right hand and gets a two count. Alicia forearms Savage a few times and is knocked down to the mat. Savage keeps a front face lock on Alicia and tags in Sky. Alicia breaks free from a headlock and collides with Sky on a double clothesline. Martinez gets the hot tag and decks Savage with a clothesline and a brainbuster. Martinez hammers away on Sky against the ropes and hits a double hip toss with Alicia. Martinez continues to work over Savage with strikes. Savage is taken over with a double snap suplex. Alicia is blinded by Sky with hairspray. Martinez backs into Alicia and Alicia hits a blinded A-Bomb. Savage manages to pin Martinez for the win. (1/4*. That was a bad wrestling match. I feel bad for Martinez. Martinez got the biggest pop thus far even on just her entrance and she’s booked this way. This felt like it took forever to get through.) After the match, Martinez hits a fisherman buster on Alicia.
Third Contest: Bandido Jr. vs. Devon Moore: Bandido keeps wrist control on Moore, but Moore kips up and counters until Bandido reaches the ropes. Moore shoulder blocks Bandido and they trade arm drags followed by leg sweeps leading to a standoff. Bandido heel kicks Moore for a two count. Bandido forearms Moore in the corner and eye rakes Moore. Bandido takes Moore over with a snap suplex for a two count followed by a knee drop. Bandido comes off the ropes and puts a chin lock on Moore. Bandido forearms Moore coming off the ropes and is dumped to the apron where Moore delivers a kick off the apron. Moore slides to the floor and chases after Bandido. Moore decks Bandido with a right hand on the floor. Moore hits a shooting star press off the apron onto Bandido on the floor! Moore tries for a cover, but Bandido kicks out at two. Moore misses a splash in the corner and Bandido delivers a superkick and a swinging neckbreaker for a near fall. Moore nails Bandido with a yakuza kick and a springboard moonsault for a two count. Moore hits a moonsault double stomp, but Bandido counters with a rollup for the win. (*. Another quick match and I was expecting more from Bandido offensively, but Moore actually carried the offense in terms of entertainment. That was a it surprising. I was a bit disappointed with the action and length of the match.) After the match, Bandido cuts a promo about being the best in ICW.
Fourth Contest: Quiet Storm vs. Sami Callihan vs. Sabian vs. Bruno Marciano: Callihan forearms Bruno in the corner but is stopped by a few kicks. Callihan counters a wrist lock on Marciano followed by a forearm. Marciano and Callihan trade strikes in the middle of the ring. Callihan chops Marciano, but they begin to trade strikes and kicks knock them down. Sabian and Storm tag into the match with Sabian dropkicking Storm for a two count. Sabian kicks Storm in the corner, but Storm gains control and tags Marciano back into the match to double team Sabian for a two count. Marciano kicks Sabian in the corner, but misses a boot in the corner. Sabian chops Marciano followed by a scoop slam and elbow drop for a two count. Callihan tags into the match and taunts Storm while keeping control on Marciano after a knee drop. Callihan forearms Marciano to the mat and tags out to Sabian. Marciano forearms Sabian several times until Sabian eye rakes Marciano and kicks him over the middle rope. Sabian dropkicks Marciano coming off the ropes for a near fall. Sabian knee drops Marciano for a near fall. Callihan and Sabian work over Marciano with chops. Sabian dropkicks Callihan in the corner on accident and they begin to brawl. Storm enters and grunts with every forearm strike to Sabian and Sami. Storm hip tosses Sabian and clotheslines Sabian to the floor. Storm dropkicks Callihan, but Bruno tosses Storm to the floor. Bruno and Sami begin to trade chops in the middle of the ring.
Callihan blocks a kick and takes Bruno down to the mat to deliver a stomp to the leg. Sami locks in the Stretch Muffler in the middle of the ring. Storm enters and puts a Crossface on Bruno. Sabian breaks it up with a double stomp off the top rope for a two count on Bruno. Sabian sits Storm on the top rope, but Bruno breaks it up. Sabian is sent to the floor by Bruno. Callihan chops Bruno on the middle rope and tries for a suplex. Bruno hits a bridging suplex, but Storm leaps off the top to splash on Bruno. Sabian tries for a couple of covers only managing a two count. Sabian head scissors Callihan to the floor and hits a somersault dive over the top to the floor. Sabian frog splashes Storm from the top rope for a near fall. Bruno kicks Sabian and tries for a Death Valley Driver, but hits a gut buster on a second attempt for a two count as Callihan breaks the cover. Sami strikes Bruno several times for a near fall. Sabian hits a sit out suplex on Callihan for a two count. Storm sits Sabian on the top rope and is shoved off. Sabian leaps off the top and Storm hits a cutter in midair. Storm plants Bruno with the Storm Cradle Driver for the win. (***. I might be overrating this a little bit, but when the show starts off with three lackluster matches anything remotely good looks even better. I enjoyed the action as they kept a good pace and I thought everyone look solid in there throughout. I especially found myself enjoying Marciano when he was in the ring.)
Fifth Contest: The Motor City Machine Guns (Sabin & Shelley) vs. The SAT (Joel & Jose): Shelley and Joel kickoff the tag match. Shelley takes Joel down to the mat with wrist control. Shelley arm drags Joel, but Joel delivers a spinning heel kick and tags in Jose. Jose put a surfboard on Shelley, but is unable to get a submission. Shelley tags in Sabin to keep control of the match. Sabin arm drags Jose into the corner and is met with a boot to the face for a near fall. Sabin is slammed down by SAT and they bulldog Shelley coming off the ropes. Joel gets a two count on Sabin. Guns deliver stereo kicks to the SAT to maintain control of the match. Shelley keeps control with a kick to the chest to Joel and rams Joel into Sabin’s boot. Sabin keeps Joel on the mat and Shelley tags in to lock in a chin lock. Guns hit a rolling neck snap/dropkick combo on Joel for a two count. Guns double team Joel in the corner while keeping the pace at a slow level. Shelley puts a sleeper on Joel in the middle of the ring. Joel elbows free and is met with a knee from Sabin on the apron. Guns are sent into each other and Joel drop toe holds Sabin into Shelley’s groin in the corner. Jose tags in and cleans house with clotheslines. Shelley misses a crossbody and Jose hits a top rope moonsault.
Jose snap powerslams Sabin for a near fall. Jose chops Sabin in the corner and runs into a boot in the corner. Jose has Sabin on his shoulders, but Shelley makes the save. SAT’s hit a top rope DDT off the shoulders on Sabin for a two count. Joel is kicked by Sabin and Shelley hits a crossbody off the top. Sabin knocks Jose off the apron with a kick. Shelley almost pins Joel after a stereo kick to the face. Jose plants Sabin with a swinging back suplex. Shelley is nailed by a superkick from Jose. Guns kick Jose a few times leading to a three count of the win. (**. This may have been a dream match if the SAT’s were their early 2000s version of themselves. They just don’t work the same style that made them popular and as a result this match suffered from lack of entertainment. For me, this felt like it never really got going into the next gear.)
Sixth Contest: Earl Cooter vs. Maximus Sex Power: This is a comedy match. Cooter is a redneck character while Power is an overweight guy who thinks he’s a sex symbol. It doesn’t take long for the crowd to chant that it is boring. In an unexpected outcome, Power wins the match with a neckbreaker out of an Angle Slam position for the clean win.
Prince Nana makes his way out to cut a promo. Nana quickly starts insulting the fans. Nana focuses on Dan Maff saying that Maff thinks he’s a hot commodity. Papadon is the next guy to battle Maff.
Seventh Contest: Papadon vs. Dan Maff: Papadon gets arm control to kickoff the match, but Maff quickly counters with a wrist lock. Papadon takes Maff down to the mat controlling the left arm, but Maff manages to get to his feet quickly. Maff ducks a right hand attempt and puts a headlock on Papadon. Maff keeps a headlock on Papadon on the canvas. Papadon breaks free with strikes, but Maff hip tosses Papadon followed by a clothesline. Maff backdrops Papadon out of the corner. Maff clotheslines Papadon in the corner and signals for a cannonball splash, but Papadon rolls to the floor to avoid it. Nana holds Maff’s foot allowing Papadon to stomp on Maff followed by a kick to the head. Maff chops Papadon, but Papadon drops Maff with a knee lift and hammers away on Maff with right hands. Maff gets up and chops Papadon, but Papadon responds with a slap and a kick to the back after a snapmare. Papadon tries for a cover, but Maff kicks out at one. Papadon keeps control with a few kicks to the chest, but Maff blocks a kick and dragon screw leg whips Papadon. Papadon elbows Maff in the corner and connects with an elbow strike for a two count. Papadon keeps control with a headlock on the mat as the fans begin to rally for Maff.
Papadon plants Maff with a back suplex and heads to the top rope. Papadon leaps off missing a diving headbutt. Maff avoids Papadon in the corner and delivers a few right hands. Maff kicks Papadon followed by a standing senton splash send Papadon to the corner. Maff splashes Papadon in the corner and hits a running cannonball splash! Maff tries for a cover, but Papadon kicks out at two. Maff catches Papadon out of the corner looking for the Burning Hammer, but Nana causes a distraction. Papadon drops Maff over the middle rope throat first and misses a shining wizard. Maff manages to cradle Papadon and wins the match. After the match, Nana and Papadon attack Maff until Christopher Daniels slides into the ring and runs them off. (**. An average match that lacked much excitement. It kind of felt like a through the motions kind of match. I tend to enjoy Maff’s matches and this felt like one of the more lackluster outings that I’ve seen of his.)
Nana gets on the microphone and tells Daniels to show Maff why he’s here. Daniels takes Maff down with an STO and a match begins.
Eighth Contest: Christopher Daniels vs. Dan Maff: Daniels gets a two count and stomps on Maff to keep control of the contest in the corner. Daniels forearms Maff in the corner and taunts the fans saying this is easy. Maff no sells a chop in the corner and Daniels isn’t aware. Maff responds with chops in the corner, but Daniels chokes Maff over the top rope and leaps off the middle rope with a forearm strike. Daniels sends Maff through the ropes to the floor. Nana gets a few cheap shots in while the referee is distracted. Daniels plants Maff with a flatliner and locks in a choke hold with his legs wrapped around Maff’s head. Maff doesn’t submit, though. Nana continues with strikes from the floor to help Daniels. Daniels misses a splash and Maff clotheslines Daniels several times. Daniels kicks Maff, but gets hip tossed over the top to the floor. Maff grabs Nana on the apron, but Daniels decks Maff from behind to save Nana. Nana accidentally decks Daniels on the apron and Maff tosses Nana into the ring with a hip toss. Nana begs off, but Maff chokes Nana leading to Nana’s group of guys to slide into the ring and attack Maff causing a disqualification. Daniels nails Maff with a kick to the head. Jerry Lynn, Azireal and Grim Reefer make the save for Maff. Maff delivers a clothesline and the Burning Hammer on Rob Fury. (*. The two matches combined really makes this whole experience a negative one. Daniels doesn’t even get an actual match result and worked only a few minutes. The whole segment felt rather pointless and doesn’t feel like it actually served any purpose. This was a bummer for me as a viewer.)
Dan Maff gets on a microphone and tells Christopher Daniels that he wants to have a match without any interference in the future. Maff turns his attention to Prince Nana and says that someday down the road he’ll get Nana in the ring, too. Maff promises that when it happens it will be Nana’s darkest day of his life. Maff has a brief standoff off with Monsta Mack and Danny Demanto when heading backstage.
Ninth Contest: Jerry Lynn, Azireal & Grim Reefer vs. Danny Demanto, Havok & Monsta Mack: Mack and Lynn kickoff the six man tag match. Lynn takes Mack down with a rollup for a two count. Lynn avoids a sit down splash and dropkicks Mack on the mat for a one count. Havok tags in and Lynn drop toe holds Havok. Reefer tags in hitting a top rope dropkick for a near fall. Havok tries for a press slam, but Reefer kicks free and runs into a Samoan Drop. Demanto enters the match and works over Reefer with strikes. Azireal tags in and nails Demanto with a yakuza kick and keeps the advantage with strikes and chops in the corner. Demanto misses a splash in the corner and is kicked on the back. Azireal hits a middle rope dropkick for a near fall. Lynn tags into the match, but Demanto backs off and Mack tags in. Lynn bulldogs Mack out of the corner and Reefer is tossed into Demanto with an assisted dropkick. Reefer is forearmed by Mack several times and tags in Havok. Reefer is driven down to the mat with an assisted bulldog by Mack. Havok sends Reefer into the corner and delivers a big splash in the corner. Havok comes off the ropes with an elbow drop for a two count. Reefer is shoulder blocked by Havok and Mack. Mack puts a nerve hold on Reefer, but doesn’t get a submission. Mack tosses Reefer overhead with a suplex. Mack decks Reefer with a running clothesline and goes to the middle rope leaping off and missing a big splash.
Lynn and Demanto tag in with Lynn hammering away on Demanto followed by a clothesline. Lynn eye pokes Demanto and back rakes Demanto. Lynn heads to the top rope hitting a flying a crossbody for a near fall. Reefer and Azireal enter the match trying to suplex Demanto, but Demanto counters to suplex both men. Havok and Mack go over the top to the floor. Reefer is caught by Havok on the floor, but Azireal hits a somersault dive to the floor. Demanto low blows Lynn to avoid a cradle piledriver and pins Lynn for the win. (*1/2. They really didn’t do a whole lot and not everyone got their shine, I feel. Lynn wasn’t really showcased and Azireal wasn’t given anything aside from the dive to the floor. They probably needed more time to really make this worthwhile.) After the match, Lynn challenges Demanto to a match at the Elks Lodge on his birthday, June 12th.
Apparently the ring broke during the previous match and there’s a noticeable lump on the right side of the ring making the ring uneven.
Tenth Contest: Homicide vs. Tommy Dreamer: Dreamer shoulder blocks Homicide, but is taken down with a drop toe hold. They have a standoff. Homicide backs Dreamer into a corner and cleanly backs away. Dreamer backs Homicide into a corner and also cleanly backs away. Homicide doesn’t cleanly break away against the ropes and delivers a few strikes. Dreamer fights back with a series of chops. Dreamer takes Homicide over with a snap suplex. Dreamer misses a clothesline and catches Homicide on a crossbody hitting a fallaway slam. Homicide hits a missile dropkick off the middle rope. Homicide tries for a monkey flip, but is tossed away by Dreamer. Dreamer goes to the middle rope missing an elbow drop. Homicide leaps off the middle rope to deliver a double knee strike to Dreamer’s left arm. Homicide chokes Dreamer over the middle rope to keep the advantage. Homicide works over Dreamer’s left arm and splashes down onto Dreamer’s arm. Homicide delivers a rolling arm snap and knee drops Dreamer while keeping a hammerlock on the mat. Dreamer tries to fight free, but Homicide takes Dreamer down with an arm breaker and grabs a chair from the front row. Homicide wrenches on Dreamer’s arm over the top rope. Dreamer fights back with a few chops and is yanked down to the mat. Homicide keeps arm control on the mat twisting Dreamer’s wrist. Dreamer dumps Homicide to the apron and delivers a boot to knock Homicide to the floor.
Homicide heads to the top rope missing an axe handle and Dreamer connects with a knee lift. Dreamer clotheslines Homicide but is met with an elbow. Dreamer plants Homicide with a sit out spinebuster for a near fall. Dreamer tries for a pump handle slam, but Homicide counters with a heel kick. Homicide heads to the top rope missing a diving headbutt. Dreamer plants Homicide with a DDT, but Homicide gets his foot on the bottom rope. Dreamer attempts a piledriver, but Homicide breaks free and dropkicks Dreamer on the knee. Homicide tries for the Cop Killa, but Dreamer counters. Homicide gets out of the Death Valley Driver managing to hit a cutter for a two count. Homicide does Dreamer’s taunt, but is backdropped by Dreamer. Dreamer tosses Homicide overhead and misses a spear hitting the ring post. Homicide connects with another cutter for the win. (*1/4. This was another match that lacked intensity and didn’t feel like it got going at any point. There wasn’t a lot of crowd heat either. I don’t think anyone was expecting a regular match without any usage of weapons or even crowd brawling of any kind. I was mostly bored by this one.)
Mikey Whipwreck is the special referee for the main event.
Main Event: The Amazing Red vs. Tajiri vs. Super Crazy in an elimination match: Tajiri and Crazy team up and double team Red to start the contest. Tajiri elbow strikes Red several times and Crazy backs Red into the corner to deliver blows. Red hits a dropkick on both men and spin kicks Tajiri. Crazy clubs Red over the back and Tajiri joins in on working over Red. Red dropkicks Tajiri after being lifted by Crazy. Red head scissors Crazy and takes both men out with a crossbody over the top to the floor. Tajiri kicks Red from behind to gain the advantage. Tajiri kicks Red after a snapmare on the back for a two count. Tajiri puts an abdominal stretch on Red and digs his elbow into the ribs while also spanking Red. Red counters, but Crazy delivers a big boot. Red arm drags Crazy followed by a drop toe hold and a dropkick on the mat. Crazy drives Red down to the mat face first. Crazy puts a chin lock on Red and Tajiri connects with a dropkick to Red’s face. Tajiri turns on Crazy with a dropkick to the face. Tajiri hits a handspring back elbow on Crazy. Crazy hits a tilt a whirl backbreaker on Tajiri. Red missile dropkicks Tajiri from the top rope. Crazy hammers away on Red in the corner and knocks Whipwreck off the apron. Whipwreck shoves Crazy in the corner. Crazy clotheslines Red inside out and tries for a powerbomb, but Red plants Crazy with a DDT. Whipwreck fast counts Crazy for the first elimination. The fans did not like that.
Tajiri begs off and wants to align with Whipwreck. Red and Tajiri hug until Tajiri delivers a few kicks to Red’s ribs and back. Tajiri tries for a cover, but Whipwreck does a normal count for a two count. Red elbows Tajiri and breaks free from a headlock, but Tajiri delivers a shoulder block for a two count. Tajiri chops Red against the ropes. Whipwreck chops Red as well. Red dropkicks Tajiri on a handspring attempt. Red kicks Tajiri followed by right hands on the mat. Tajiri nails Red with a kick to the face. Red avoids a kick to the face and almost wins with a rollup. Tajiri and Whipwreck have a disagreement and Whipwreck hits the Whippersnapper on Tajiri. Red hits a standing shooting star and pins Tajiri thanks to another fast count. (*. Honestly, the booking of this is absolutely horrendous. Nobody wants to see a corrupt Whipwreck helo Red win with two fast counts. How does this benefit Red in ICW? He didn’t truly beat two ECW legends and it leaves a unsatisfied feeling for me. They didn’t even really “play the hits” for Tajiri and Crazy. I’d consider this a major letdown of a match.)
I was bamboozled by the card into thinking there would be some fun wrestling. Instead, the show is riddled with horrendous booking decisions and overall lackluster in-ring action throughout. I’m now hesitant to view any other ICW shows that may be intriguing on paper by how poorly this show went. Recommendation to avoid.
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